One of our day trips while we were at the shore was to the Barnegat lighthouse on Long Beach Island. It was a gorgeous place and the boys had great fun climbing to the top. My fear of heights prevented me from going up, but that’s ok, I kept the girls with me and they had fun finding shells in the sand. After the boys got back down, we walked along the walkway right next to the water. I love the sound of waves crashing on the rocks, so peaceful. I do think the best place to clear your head is by the sea, with the waves so loud you can hardly hear yourself think, with the spray splashing up and getting you just a bit wet. Boy, I can’t believe how fast my kiddos are growing up, the years are just flying by. They have their moments, but overall, they are best buds. There were such gorgeous views, and it was a beautiful day. We all got a good dose of fresh air and sea spray. One of the guides that was at the lighthouse and I got talking and he told me that the day before a class of school children was visiting. One of the little boys was complaining that only half of the class could go up at once. The guide told him that they had let a whole class of school children up the day before but the lighthouse tipped over and they had to stand it back up. The little boy wasn’t quite sure whether to believe him or not.
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The day after we arrived to the shore house, we headed on down to the beach, not the proper ocean, but a pretty beach nonetheless. See those poles sticking out of the water? Those are where different people have marked clam beds. It felt so good to have our feet on the sand, though the water was still a tad chilly (read, absolutely freezing). There was lots of sand castle making (more pictures to come) and digging in the sand. Searching for treasures, and finding a few. Over the two weeks we were at the shore we ended up going to several different beaches and had a blast at each one. This little one was the closest so we were able to go there more and the kids especially loved heading out after supper for a quick jaunt to the water. The babe learned to say “ocean” really quickly and she is still talking about it. We don’t have much water out here in Wyoming, and even fewer beaches, so it was really, really great to be able to be by the ocean. I do love the prairie, but I think I might need the sound of the ocean to feel truly calm. It brought back so many wonderful memories, especially of vacationing in Cornwall as a girl. I really do miss it, it was such fun to be there. Here’s to many more vacations to come, filled with oceany goodness.
After we left my in-laws house, we had the chance to stop by my Hubby’s Aunt’s house. She has the most spectacular garden where lots of fruits, herbs and veggies are flourishing. I was completely jealous as by mid May, she already has so many things thriving. Here our last frost date is June 1st, which means nothing is ready, or even in the ground yet. She has the most gorgeous chickens, which the kids loved watching as they scattered around the yard. They had me dreaming of having a few chooks of my own in the next couple of years. The babe stood and watched the chickens for quite a while, shame we just missed the egg collecting. Next we headed over to the strawberry patch. Yum, the girls had such fun searching for ripe berries. We don’t have strawberries planted this year, but next year I have high hopes for having a huge patch to go searching in. Is there anything better than a handful of ripe strawberries eaten within moments of being picked, still warm from the sun? Nope, I don’t think so.
Hello everybody! Our vacation is officially over and we are heading back home. We were hot, sticky, sandy, sweaty, stuffed, completely shattered, and loving every minute of it. Little internet access turned out to be no internet access, so I have tons to show and tell. The next few days we will be making our way back across the country and then I’ll need a couple of days to sort ourselves out at home, laundry, buying groceries etc, but I’ll be back on Monday. Hope everybody is having a great week, see you soon!
Well, I was hoping to post this morning, but time got away from me, so let me fill you in on our next month. We are off on a month long trip, with our first stop being my sister-in-law’s wedding. We’re headed back to Wisconsin to the town where Hubby and I spent our first several years of marriage, and the same town where both of our boys were born. I haven’t been back in 6 years, so I am looking forward to it. After spending a week there, we are going to head down to Hubby’s parents house to visit with them for another week. When we leave them, we will be headed out to the East coast to spend two weeks at the shore visiting my dad. We haven’t been on a trip this long ever, I think. It should be lots and lots of fun. For the first two weeks we will have regular internet access so I do plan to keep posting regularly, but I’m not sure about the last two weeks. We’ll have to see what we can figure out for the internet. At the moment I am typing in a pitch black hotel room as all the kiddos are sleeping after being stuck in the car for eight hours, then promptly getting all of the wiggles out while swimming for a long time at the hotel pool. Though I don’t really love being in the car for that long, the further east we move, the weather is getting warmer, the wind is dying down, and there are more and more trees and green signs of spring. Even some gorgeous roadside flowers along the way. Well, I’m pretty bushed as well, so I’ll say goodnight. Have a great day, and I’ll fill you in on our adventures here soon. Be forewarned though, you’ll be seeing quite a few pictures of animals, clouds and scenery here for the next few days.
I believe there is beauty in aging. Natural beauty that is considerably more valuable than eternal youth. Years of working hard and taking care of families weathers hands, but oh the stories they tell. Decades of laughter and smiles etch laugh lines into faces telling memories without saying a word. I think it is so sad that so much of our society values youthful looks (even if they are fake and look completely plastic) over what is a natural process. There is wisdom and beauty in aging that you just don’t get with youth, and I for one do not fear getting older. That being said, I am going grey, and pretty quickly. I am 32 years old. I don’t think I’m quite ready for that yet. To be honest, it doesn’t really bother me yet, but at the rate it’s going I could be completely grey within the next year or so. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I think that older women with grey hair look beautiful, but I don’t quite think I’m old enough to be completely grey. Perhaps that is hypocritical, I’m not sure. Either way, I’ll deal with it as it happens, but the thought of dying my hair with a bunch of chemicals just makes me shudder. Who knows, maybe it’ll stop changing, and then I won’t have to deal with it. I guess we’ll just wait and see.
Is there anything cuter than those gorgeous freckles and that big toothless grin? I don’t think so, I could just eat this boy up. Our seven year old boy had two loose front teeth, but his permanent tooth wasn’t quite patient enough (like his big brother, his tooth that is), so we ended up having to get them pulled before toothy chaos occurred. He did a great job, and it wasn’t bad at all as they were already really loose, but now he is adjusting to talking with a big hole where teeth used to be. I don’t know about you, but my kids always look younger when they loose those two teeth, perhaps it is one last chance to see them looking so young and precious before they suddenly start turning into young men.
freshly spritzed seedlings a bowl full of apples a bit of crochet in the sunshine, while keeping a hair elastic on my wrist to remind me which row I had just done (I blame mommy brain) straight from the bath baby curls It is these ordinary moments that make up our days, and make those days truly wonderful.